The Department of Education hosted the first ever bullying summit on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Officials called on both governmental agencies and private groups to help craft a national strategy to reduce bullying.
Studies show the problem is growing at a disturbing rate. Thirty-two percent of students reported being bullied at school in 2007.
Bullying victims often suffer from low self-esteem, heath problems, and suicidal thoughts.
Authorities believe two teens in Massachusetts committed suicide in 2009 as a result of being bullied.
The high profile cases involved 15-year-old Phoebe Prince and 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover, who both hanged themselves.